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  1. Ed Pendoski

    Elementary Dual Team Questions

    Dual meets for the elementary guys is an awesome experience and has done wonders for programs I've been involved with...but it has also been nightmarish at times. I think the issue with dual leagues is that you have to start putting rules in place. After you set the rules, then you have to trust that people follow the integrity of the rules. Jim Watkins is the head coach at Calumet High School and has always been a mentor of mine. I've repeated his phrase often, "It's always right to do the right thing. It's not always easy to do the right thing....but it's always right" For example, as we look at the history of elementary dual tourneys in Indiana, there's been situations where Team A might have not have had enough kids in their club to compete, so they picked up a couple local kids from surrounding schools to help complete their lineups. Then Team B would do the same, but would pick up a couple kids to 'complete their lineup' that accidentally were multiple time state champions. Now here's the tough part....how do you set the rules or guidelines for these situations? If Team A is a couple kids short of filling a lineup and the kids on Team A have a couple friends in neighbor schools that don't have a dual team, I think it's great that they're growing the sport by including others to fill their team. If Team B has enough kids (or even if they don't!) and they go searching for elementary killers so they can pound other local teams, then I think that shows a lack of integrity. There are many examples of things like this when dealing with elementary wrestling. One person says in this thread, "What do you do with 6th graders and 3rd graders that weigh 80?" I've been lucky enough to run some rooms that have had some tough hombres in them. Kyle Ayresman, Stevan Micic, Sean McMurray, Jason Tsitrsis, Eric Roach, Mitch Sliga, Cody LeCount could all wrestle the guy 3 yrs older than them, or 20 lbs bigger when they were in elementary school. In fact, it was probably better for them if they did to that. (I think there's 19 IHSAA State Championships in that group of elementary guys!). That doesn't mean everyone is supposed to wrestle older bigger. Carmel USA ran a freestyle duals tourney last spring. I was asked by all 5 teams that entered the tourney, "do we have to have a team made up of only kids from our schools?". My answer was, "we're trying to put a competition together so kids can wrestle freestyle in a dual format. If you come with an all star team of killers, you will murder every team there. You'll get a $2 medal and I will publicly taunt you in front of many people." (ha!) We intentionally reached out to schools that we know have integrity and it was an amazing event. CUSAWC is currently in their third year of our Youth Wrestling League. We split all of the kids into 4 teams (we have about 80 this year). We have practices on Mon/Wed and in November, we have 'competitions' on Monday nights. There are no weigh ins and zero parent coaches. On days of competition we have coaches match kids up from both teams so there is as quality of wrestling as we can try to get. Our goal of YWL is to provide a place for all elementary guys to learn about the sport, improve they physical skills, and have a great time. We have put together an elementary team from guys in our YWL. We are hosting small triple dual elementary meets once a month. I believe that they are full for Nov/Dec. Ed Pendoski CUSAWC Coach ISWA Kids Director
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    Carmel USA Wrestling Club Camp 4/26 & 4/27

    With our short notice on this camp, we've got a nice group of kids signed up for this weekend. The first session will be technique with Mitch showing his elbow pass to single and then how to transition that to a turn (or breakdown for folkstylers). The second session on Saturday will be a lot of live wrestling. We'd like to wrestle matches in freestyle and talk about scoring and strategy. The third session will be finishing takedowns and starting turns, with live situations at the end. Please contact us if you would like to attend of if you have any questions. ependosk@ccs.k12.in.us 317.701.1512
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    Carmel Freestyle Duals

    Because of lack of numbers in the k-7 group we have shut it down for that age group. We now have 6 teams in the 7-12 age group and are opening it up for 4 more teams. It's honor system on weigh ins this year. We hope this makes it easier for everyone and not taken advantage of. We are excited about what this could grow into. We think we can run 5 duals on complete mats and be done by 1:00. Please contact me as soon as possible if you can get a 10 man team. ependosk@ccs.k12.in.us 317.701.1512
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    Carmel Freestyle Duals

    We are accepting applications to our Freestyle Dual tourney on Apr. 13th. Our goal is to give a team setting while wrestling freestyle. We have created modified age/weights for it easier for local clubs to fill a team. We are setting the limit of 6 teams in both age groups. We will get 5 duals in and we expect to finish quickly with smaller team sizes, so we hope to get some exhibition matches. There are only a couple spots left in both divisions. Here is the link to the event: http://www.iswa.com/wp-content/uploads/Carmel-Freestyle-Duals.pdf There is a typo on the website. Weight classes are as follows: Grades K-7 50, 66, 68, 76, 84, 92, 100, 110, 120 175 Grades 7-12 105, 115, 125, 135, 145, 155, 165, 180, 200, 285 Also, CUSA Wrestling Club is starting is Spring sessions. Our club is open to anyone. We currently have wrestlers from 7 different school systems. While we believe that RTCs are a great place wrestle live, we also believe in the importance of developing a system. Our offseason workouts are open to anyone looking to improve there offense/defense, strategy, training habits. Our staff at CUSA has helped supplement the training of over 30 IHSAA Champions. We understand the development from elementary to middle school to high school and eventually college. Please contact us if you have any questions. Ed Pendoski ependosk@ccs.k12.in.us
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    CIA Satellite Sessions at Zionsville and Ben Davis

    Reminder that our new schedule starts this week. We're also looking forward to both satellites starting. There looks like a good crew at Ben Davis on Tuesdays 6:00-7:30. Thursday sessions at Zionsville are also 6:00-7:30. This is a great place to supplement your training before the middle school seasons start. Give us a call if you have any questions.
  6. We are excited to announce our winter satellites sessions for 2010-2011. We will hold workout sessions at Zionsville HS on Thursday evenings in the high school's wrestling room. Starting November 4th sessions will be 6:00-7:30 for all middle school and under wrestlers. There will be a workout on October 28th from 5:00-6:30 for all wrestlers. We will also start sessions at Ben Davis HS on Tuesdays starting November 2nd. Workouts will be from 6:00-7:30. Reminder that all wrestlers that attend must have a current USA wrestling card. Dues for the satellite sessions are $50 per month. All full time members at CIA's main site can attend the satellite sessions free of charge. We think this is a great opportunity for Indy wrestlers to get more mat time with some of the best kids in the city. Contact us if you have any questions. Ed Pendoski ependoski@wrestlingcia.com 317.701.1512 Brady Eppert bveppert@gmail.com 765.760.5421
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    CIA's weekend

    We had a great time with Andrew Howe in the room this weekend. There was a great room a partners and technique was top notch. Also thanks to our career pathologist, Coach Truitt. Coach gave us some great insight on picking colleges and what some of the requirements to get into schools could be. He's a great resource for the kids that train with us.
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    CIA Fall Newsletter

    Seriously? That's what I get? I will again reiterate...I am a Michigan football fan first and a Big 10 fan second. I can't hate on any Big 10 team during bowl season (now the Irish is a totally different story). I don't even watch the Michigan/ohio state game because of Tulsa Kickoff. After I moved to Indy and got a little closer to Columbus, I have found out that there's not much difference between the yuckeye fans as the irish fans. Michigan Football 2011 BCS Champions, 2012 NCAA probation. That's my prediction. Rich Rod for President!
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    CIA Fall Newsletter

    We're pretty excited about having NCAA Champion and Indiana's own Andrew Howe come spend a day with us on August 21st. Parents also make sure you can make it to our meeting on August 22. We will be talking about college choices and college wrestling. Coach Truitt will share his insight on how to build a college resume and what schools look for in a potential student. Here's a copy of our Fall Newsletter: Sessions: We will finish our leg riding offense and start our leg riding defense this month. Starting in September, we will begin to build a conditioning base to prepare for the upcoming season. Spring/Summer: 2010 was a great spring and summer for the guys who supplement their training with us. Cody Phillips is currently ranked #1 in the nation by Intermat. Mitch Sliga is the only cadet in the nation who won national triple crown. Mitch is the first wrestler in Indiana?s history to win national triple crown at the cadet age level. Neil Molloy also won a USA Folkstyle National Title. Great job guys. Schedule Change: Please check the schedule. The orange group?s workouts on Mondays will move to 6:45-8:15 starting August 23rd. Howe Camp: We?re excited to have NCAA Champion and Indiana Native, Andrew Howe, coming to run our next camp on August 21st. This camp is only available to CIA members, so please let Coach P know if you?re going to attend. We will limit the numbers. College Talk: Coach Truitt and Coach P will have a meeting for all members on August 22nd at 6:30. Coach Truitt is a professor at the IU School of Medicine and has a great knowledge base of what colleges look for when selecting students for enrollment. Coach P will talk about what colleges look for when selecting college athletes and what level of college wrestling might be right for you. Gear: We have some gear leftover from our last order. We have hoodies, sweat pants, t-shirts and hats. See Coach P if you?d like to get any of these.
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    Good Job Stud! Mitch is a great kid with a great work ethic. He's also a great student. Hey soul sister Ain't that Mister Mister On the radio
  11. There was a lot of discussion about the process of the selection of our duals' teams and everyone agreed that there isn't a prefect way to select the teams. There is unlimited scenarios that we can make up where something isn't 'fair'. Is a chance that a triple crown winner gets beat in a wrestle-off 2 out of 3? Yes that is a chance, but I'm not sure statistically how often that will/could happen. What about the year Andrew Howe, Cooper Samuels, Kyle Ulrey showed up at Junior State in the same weight. Should only one of them be allowed on our duals team? What about Tsirtsis and Wright? They finished 1st and 3rd in the country, but because they were the same weight we could only take one on our duals teams? That was the case those years. I think the scenario of outstanding individuals in the same weight will happen more than a triple crown winner losing a wrestle off 2 of 3. I think in 2007 that IN had more Cadet/Junior National All-Americans than they've ever had in one year. We have had one dual team make the championship pool of national duals (schoolboy, cadet, or junior) since 2006 and it was Greco Roman Cadet Nationals and they got 8th...or last in the championship pool. We thought something needed to change. The discussion I brought up at a board meeting was similar to what Joe just said. Does Indiana want to use the fairest way to make a team, or use a way to make the most competitive team. The fairest way to make the team would be to have ISWA State determine the team. Once a kid weighed in for state, he couldn't change to make the duals team. Imagine if high schools had to pick their lineup that way.. There's not an high school coach around that would say to a kid, "you lost your wrestle off at 119, so can't wrestle varsity even though you might be able to beat the 112 or 125." If we wanted to make the most competitive team then I think we should form a comittee to pick a team. That's how the teams that have the most success do it. I know that for schoolboy duals that Minnesota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin hand pick their own team. I asked the MN coach at Flonationals about their duals selection and he said that they didn't want their kids getting down to weight that early before the duals tourney. (I also understand that there are a lot of other factors besides dual selection that makes PA, MN, an OK better duals teams than ours.) We think the IWSA tried to come up with a way that is somewhere in the middle. The ISWA State tourney gives you the ultimate leg up to make the duals team (he must be beat 2 out of 3 to lose his spot) and camp gives IN a chance to move guys around to give us an opportunity to compete with the best. .
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    CIA Sessions on Sunday, May 2nd

    Due to Greco State, there will be no sessions in Indy on Sunday, May 2nd
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    Sunday, April 4th

    There will be no workouts at CIA on Sunday, April 4th. Happy Easter
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    Elkins wins!

    Darren sent me a text yesterday saying that Ludwig's leg broke when he took him down. He sent a picture. I'll need some help to post it...and permission from Darren.
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    CIA at Zionsville

    Starting to get a good group of kids signed up for Tues nights. Remember you'll need a current USA card to workout with us. We will have them on sale Tuesday. $30
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    CIA's Numbers

    It's great for the kids when Alex can get in the NWI room. The last two weeks I got to watch Sessa up north and Eppert in Indy put together plans for kids in the state tourney that were absolutely perfect. Both those guys are great at what they do. Hawkins and I have the job of being best looking coaches and everyone knows I'm better looking than Coach Hawk.
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    CIA's Numbers

    Great job this past weekend to all the wrestlers who supplemented their training with CIA and CIA NWI. Your hard work really showed. After the weekend was over, the numbers are impressive: 41 State Qualifiers 26 medalists 1-8th place 2-7th placeyou 3-6th place 4-5th place 6-3rd place 4 runner ups 6 IHSAA State Champions. Our 2010 sessions begin March 1st. Please contact us if you'd like to workout with us this summer. The Indy sessions are almost full, so please do not wait to reserve your spot. CIA Indy ependoski@wrestlingcia.com CIA NWI bhawkins@wrestlingcia.com
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    We had a pretty good seat for the Bradbury/Birge match. That was the best ticket round match I can think of. Birge was returning state champ. Bradbury lost to Ramos in the Regional and drew into Birge...Logansport champ. I believe the final was 16-15 with Bradbury giving up escape/takedown with :15 left and then scoring reversal in the last 5 seconds.
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    CIA Sessions on Sunday Feb. 7th

    Michigan is in their offseason...meaning they're having 85 hours of practice a week. Reminding that our 6:45 session is cancelled tonight.
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    CIA Sessions on Sunday Feb. 7th

    There will be no sessions this Sunday Feb. 7th. I guess there's a football game on that night.
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    Pavlov's Dog

    Ohh La La La
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    Alex Tsirtsis Camp Jan 9th

    We've decided to make this weekend's camp Saturday only. Sessions are 12-2, 3-5, and 5:30-7:00. Fee is $50 We're close to being full, so please contact us if you'd like to attend. We've got a great crew lined up to spend a day in the room. ependoski@wrestlingcia.com 317.701.1512
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    CIA January Newsletter

    January Workouts: We will combine the blue and white groups in January. Members will have the option of working out on Sun/Mon/Wed from 6:45-8:15. Each member will have the option of once, twice or three times a week. Dues for once a week will be $50 and dues for twice a week will be their normal monthly dues. If a member decides to train three times a week they will add $15 for the month. See Coach P if you have any questions. Camp: Alex Tsirtsis will be in town for a camp on January 9th and 10th. We have had Alex down in the past for some camps and he does an amazing job. Alex won 4 IHSAA State titles in Indiana before moving on to University of Iowa where he was an NCAA All American. Let Coach P know if you can make this camp as it is sure to be a good one. High School Sessions: Our high school sessions start in March and we will start to get the list of members set soon. Every year our high school groups have been full. Last year there were 4 IHSAA State Champions that supplemented their training with us (and 3 more in the CIA NWI room!). If you are a current member in 8th grade, you have first pick of a spot in these sessions. Workouts will be Sun/Mon, with heavier guys from 5:00-6:30 and lighter guys from 6:45-8:15. Each member in our high school group is asked to sign a 5-month agreement (March-July). See Coach P if you?d like to secure your spot. High School Season: We think it is very important for the wrestlers to be around great wrestling matches. Ask one of our coaches if you?d like to know where your guy could see some exciting high school wrestling. Those are the matches we?re training for in the future. Weather Cancellations: Make sure to check the website on days of bad weather. We will put it on the calendar if we?re going to cancel practice. www.wrestlingcia.com. Contact Coach P if you have any questions: ependoski@wrestlingcia.com 317.701.1512
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    CIA Wrestling

    Good luck to all the high school wrestlers that supplemented your training with us this summer. We look forward to watching you compete this summer. 7 is the number to beat. Good luck to you all. We start our winter training schedule in Indy on November 1st. White group (elementary): Sundays 5:00-6:30 Wednesdays 6:45-8:15 Blue group (middle school): Sundays/Mondays 6:45-8:15 (10 is your number to beat) If you have any questions please feel free to contact us: Ed Pendoski 317.701.1512 ependoski@wrestlingcia.com
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    CIA Sessions at Center Grove and Zionsville

    Reminder that our sessions start tomorrow at Zionsville and Center Grove. We've got a good crew of guys lined up to get some pre-season workouts at both places. Also remember that all members must have a current USA Card. We will have cards for sale for $30.

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